Is Bryan Cranston Playing Lex Luthor So Mark Strong Can Return as Sinestro?

Matt Damon is rumored to be in contention for either Aquaman or Martian Manhunter as ‘Justice League’ gears up its casting.

Bryan Cranston is rumored to be Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2 so that Mark Strong can retrun as Sinestro
Bryan Cranston is rumored to be Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2 so that Mark Strong can retrun as Sinestro
Back in June, we reported that actors Bryan Cranston and Mark Strong were in contention to play Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2, with Mark Strong hinting earlier this month that he may already have the role. If the latest rumor is to be believed, that is not the case, with Bryan Cranston reportedly being cast as Lex Luthor so Mark Strong can possibly reprise his Green Lantern role as Sinestro.

While the inclusion of Sinestro may seem quite far-fetched, we did report in June that Man of Steel 2 will directly lead in to the highly-anticipated Justice League movie, so it is possible that the Green Lantern villain may put in an appearance to set up the DC superhero ensemble.

Speaking of far-fetched, this report claims that Bryan Cranston is locked in for a whopping six-picture deal as Lex Luthor. The report claims that Warner Bros. will make the official announcement when Bryan Cranston's hit AMC series Breaking Bad finishes its final season this fall.

In related news, if you were on any social networking website yesterday after the news broke that Ben Affleck is playing Batman in Man of Steel 2, you likely saw countless jokes about Matt Damon playing Robin. According to the same unconfirmed report, Matt Damon is reportedly being considered to play either Aquaman or Martian Manhunter, and that Ben Affleck's Batman deal is for an astronomical 13 movies, which, if true, would put a serious burden on his growing directorial career. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, it should be noted that its not for 13 Batman movies. According to this report, DC plans on making at least 13 various stand-alone films in the future, with various different heroes appearing in each of them, if only for a moment or two.

As of now, all we know for sure about Man of Steel 2 is that Zack Snyder is directing from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, with Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent) reprising their roles from Man of Steel, along with Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Cosmic Book News

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  1. Dfella504

    this is becoming a fukn big ass joke!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @dfellaFlag

  2. rjh094

    Green Lantern sucked. Just replace everyone/everything & act like it didn't happen. The Green Lantern compared to Man of Steel makes you doubt if they're even in the same universe.

    2 years agoby @rjh094Flag

  3. the MovieGhost

    Lol, might have been @skywise?

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag


    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson - Very true, I loved Strong as Sinestro as well. It's a shame the characters in the movie were all wasted by such a lackluster script, as they really did have an all star ensemble cast ( Strong, Reynolds, Sarsgaard, Bassett, Duncan).

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag


    @Cinema-Loot - Ryan said that it is possible that he would return, but only if a great script and director was attached to the project.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  6. WongFu

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson yes he would be great as well.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  7. Zak Lee Ferguson

    What is the easiest thing for Warner to do is keep the Lantern Corps within hindsight but introduce perhaps a new Lantern, or reveal Ryan as a villain then just cut him off within features first few minutes as a story development for a new Lantern. We all know Supes is the grounds man for JL - so we have him, then a certain fair lady who i think whilst the ruckus of MOS2 is about get down to it like marvel instead of trying to make singular films to lead on. But it is a grander idea to introduce certain characters in an amass or in others features rather than singular feature films (ahem Batman)

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  8. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Strong has to stay on as Sinestro. But not live on as Sinestro but with a normal human complexion.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  9. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Reynolds was a good Lantern, i liked him, much better than his Deadpool, but then they don't differ, but if Pool had a standalone and a budget to suit it and a R rating and the actual look of the freaking comics it could be quite a heavy watch, Reynolds take on lantern did not go out there or go into anything deep, he is just a leading man with looks, but he is best suited to smaller films or a character we know could be handled well- and Reynolds in the right hands is great! - if Rodriguez got a budget i think it would be a solid film Deadpool wise, Lantern wise i think Idris Alba- Back to Rod- Roberto- with no freaking Troublemaker studio visuals and all and self-satisfied editing and mangling it would be a great film from Fox- - i mean Machete is sh*t not just for the sake of being sh*t right? it uses its low budget to what its "referencing" but is it really referencing, no, Rod is good with budget and so is Reynolds

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  10. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @Number1Wolverine As Sinestro i loved it, had that authorotive ego thing going on but also a darker envious streak ;)

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  11. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @Cinema-Loot X-Force would be preferable

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  12. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @instead8909 Idris Alba as Green Lantern ?

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  13. Cinema Loot

    @instead8909 last time I check Reynolds said he did not want to return for Green Lantern, I would assume because he plans on playing Deadpool in either the X-Force or a Deadpool solo movie

    2 years agoby @Cinema-LootFlag

  14. littlerivers

    I really like Matt Damon for Martian Manhunter.

    2 years agoby @littleriversFlag

  15. WongFu

    I hope this is true as of Ryan Reynolds coming back for GL I think it best that he must pass on the Torch to someone else. And have a cross over with either Batman or Superman.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag


    If this rumor is true, I wouldn't mind it. Loved Strong as Sinestro, and I haven't watched Breaking Bad so I can't tell if Bryan Cranston would be a good Lex, but he certainly looks the part.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag


    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson - I agree, it's unfortunate that Strong is allowing himself to be typecast as the big bad guy when he is such a great talent that could pull off a great hero.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  18. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Strong is getting type cast and it's unfair, and with type casting they usually never bring anything new to the table, but Cranston me old son can do bad ass, sly, witty, comedy, serious, damning, lynchian like performances and also be a ball buster. It's not all down to physique and colour and tone, it's how you bring the character to the forefront.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  19. TheStonedReviewer

    Pleeeeeeeeeas let it be so!

    2 years agoby @stonedFlag

  20. CelluloidDreams

    I'm getting confused!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  21. Sean

    I was looking forward to Mark Strong playing Lex Luthor. I hope that Bryan Cranston will be able to play Lex Luthor as good as Mark Strong would, because I don't think can imagine Bryan Cranston playing Lex Luthor.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. Jimmy Holmes


    2 years agoby @Jimmy-HolmesFlag

  23. dcrock

    13 movies wouldn't be full movies. It would be more like Sam Jackson as nick fury showing up all over the place.

    2 years agoby @dcrockFlag

  24. Oxxford699

    Strong would make a better luther but "IF" he returns as sinestro then cranston should get the part. and yes i liked the green lantern movie

    2 years agoby @oxxford699Flag

  25. David garcia

    They better have metallo, doomsday, brianiac or darkseid as the main villains in the Justice League film, no one stupid, but an antagonistic unstoppable force that would bring superman, green lantern, and batman to their knees.

    2 years agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  26. skywise

    Good news. I prefer Strong as Sinestro. He might have been the only thing good in that movie.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  27. TheDude1

    I like the idea of Cranston as Luthor but I'm against having Strong return as Sinestro. Green Lantern needs a reboot. Preferably as John Stewart.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  28. Noller1

    Matt America voice

    2 years agoby @Noller1Flag

  29. TheDude1

    @deepsky926 As the article states this would be for 13 appearances not for 13 full length films. And even if true it means nothing at all. He can do 1 appearance or 5 and end it. He doesn't have to do all 13 appearances.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  30. CoreyB

    Jesus 13 movies I highly doubt it

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

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